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Just a few days ago, Research in Motion and Sprint in the U.S. officially announced the BlackBerry Style 9670 - a CDMA flip phone that offers up a full QWERTY keyboard, and shortly afterwards Telus confirmed that they too, would carry the device. While no official availability or pricing has been announced, it's rumoured that they will be launching the device sometime within the first few days of November. The BlackBerry Style will launch running BlackBerry 6 OS, and features an external display for your clock and notifications, along with a standard internal display. Also featuring a 5MP camera with video capture capabilities, the Style 9670 comes with 512MB of RAM and has storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD. While the design of this new device definitely brings some back to a few years ago, it's certainly nice to see an array of options coming to Canadian mobile consumers!


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Rogers is pushing out software updates to BlackBerry Curve 9300 and Bold 9700 owners that will enabled UMA (previously known as TalkSpot) functionality, enabling voice calls over Wi-Fi. While the use of the service does require a UMA specific plan, this is a great option for anybody looking to use their BlackBerry devices as both cellular and home phones. Many users will have already received the update notification, and those who haven't should be getting it very soon. Beware, the update takes about an hour, so doing it OTA (over-the-air) will mean a lack of service for that amount of time.


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We've been hearing a lot about Rogers new low-cost brand Chatr, and the launch was expected for July 21st, but retailers have been notified that the launch has been delayed with a revised launch date yet to be determined. With retail outlets receiving shipments of products and fixtures within the next few days, a notification has been sent out asking that the items remain in storage areas until further notice. No clear information as to why the delay is occurring, but we do know Mobilicity wasn't very happy about the new brands intentions to compete in their market.


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Samsung has updated their website to include a page for Canadians to sign up for a release notification e-mail when the Galaxy S launches, which according to the page is set arrive sometime this summer. No official word yet on which carrier(s) will offer this Android handset, but it will definitely make a great addition to Canada's Android options.

The Samsung Galaxy S features a 4" Super AMOLED (480 x 800) touch screen, Android 2.1 with TouchWiz 3.0 and a 5MP camera that can record 720p video at 30fps. It's other specifications are impressive too - a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, and Wi-Fi b, g, and n support, and bluetooth 3.0. We'll be sure to fill you in when more information on availability and pricing is released.


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Starting yesterday, Telus has implemented a useful feature to all customers using data, both prepaid and postpaid, called Data Notifications. The new service will notify mobile, smartphone, and internet stick users that they are nearing their usage limit, by sending a free text message. For postpaid customers, the notification will be received at the 75% and 95% marks, while prepaid customers will receive messages after using $10 and $50 worth of data. Users are able to opt out of the service, which can be done by signing into "My Account" online.


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